Top Alcohol Funny Car racer Tony Bartone has traveled in the last two days. Friday afternoon, he was in Earlville, Iowa, and drove his way to runner-up in the rain-delayed Topeka event. Saturday morning he was in Indianapolis continued his journey right to the top of the qualifying order during the rain-delayed NHRA Mac Tools U.S. Nationals in Indianapolis.
Bartone recorded a 5.499-second, 262.49 mph pass to overtake Frank Manzo, who was relegated to No. 2 with a 5.545.
Top Alcohol Dragster’s Sidnei Frigo, who led qualifying throughout the first two sessions, held onto the top spot throughout the third and final session with a 5.339.
Competition Eliminator completed its first round and the most prominent casualty was No. 1 qualifier Bruno Massel, whose turbo doorslammer couldn’t run the number in trying to chase down John Frech. Bo Butner was the only top ten qualifier casualty when he went red (-.002) against Jim Greenheck.
Super Stock, originally scheduled to stage their first round of eliminations on Sunday morning, was given a morning time trial. Wes Leopold was the top runner in the now all-run field by running an 8.595.
Eliminations will open following the pro sessions with round one of both Top Alcohol divisions and Super Stock.
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